cog·no·men | \käg-ˈnō-mən, ˈkäg-nə- \
plural cognomens or cognomina\käg-ˈnä-mə-nə, -ˈnō- \

Definition of cognomen 

1 : surname especially : the third of the usually three names of an ancient Roman — compare nomen, praenomen

2 : name especially : a distinguishing nickname or epithet

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Other Words from cognomen

cognominal \käg-ˈnä-mə-nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of cognomen in a Sentence

richly deserved the cognomen of “Butterfingers” “Christopher Columbus” is the Latinized cognomen of the navigator who was known to his Spanish crewmates as Cristóbal Colón

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Denmark, Iceland, Hungary and Saudi Arabia also enforce specific naming conventions where common American cognomens might not make the cut. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "10 Surprising Baby Names Banned in Other Countries," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of cognomen

1691, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cognomen

Latin, irregular from co- + nomen name — more at name

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